ABU MOHAMMED: It’s an open secret that the education of the majority of nationals in GCC countries is a disaster. What’s to be done about the situation/
ABU MOHAMMED: It’s a system of teaching that creates more problems than it solves. It’s time to call time on ‘academic pacing’.
ABU MOHAMMED: Life’s more expensive than the capital, Riyadh, but Jeddah provdes a haven of outdoor art and it’s close to the sacred sites.
ABU MOHAMMED: Resign yourself to time spent doing nothing apart from sweating gently in uncomfortable seats as you follow the visa process
ABU MOHAMMED: It’s supposed to be society where everyone can ‘pull themselves up by their bootstraps’. Not now, according to research
ABU MOHAMMED: There is a great deal of misunderstanding concerning the nature and practice of Islam. Here are some key points.
ABU MOHAMMED: The destruction of several historic buildings in and around Mecca is being justified in religious terms. But what will replace them?
ABU MOHAMMED: There will always be some little detail from your first Hajj that will stay with you as the years roll by.
ABU MOHAMMED: For me the opportunity to be close to the ‘Kaba’ is a huge privilege, for many of my Saudi acquaintances it’s taken for granted.
ABU MOHAMMED: Skin colour, according to Jesse Jackson, conferred a significant financial benefit. Is the same true in the Arab World?
ABU MOHAMMED: Witnessing the plight of a once popular actress reminded me of my own time spent on the streets. The American promise doesn’t always deliver.
ABU MOHAMMED: If you look back over the last thirty years or so you’ll see that Islam has always been a problem for Americans.
ABU MOHAMMED: The fear of losing everyday comforts induces fear and leads to hypocrisy among those who claim to live a good, faithful life
ABU MOHAMMED: It’s clear that a lesson is being taught to Julian Assange and anyone else who believes in true freedom of the media
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ABU MUHAMMED: if you really want to know when Ramadan begins do what many of us do–go out on the 28th of Shaaban just before sunset and look for the new moon.
ABU MOHAMMED: The way in which Saudi university students is taught simply does not encourage independent, critical thought. Maybe not a problem.
ABU MOHAMMED: Raising children in the United States provides challenges that are all too familiar. Raising them in Saudi Arabia brings different issues, however.
ABU MOHAMMED: I couldn’t help myself. The culture of cheating induced a rant at my students. They didn’t understand. ‘This is life’, one of them replied